Austin Kilroy is Team Leader for the World Bank’s Competitive Cities initiative. In this role, he jointly leads a multinational team in the World Bank to consolidate and improve knowledge on city competitiveness, and to help World Bank operational teams deploy this knowledge. He also currently works to support several South African cities on city economic development (including investment promotion, investment climate reform, sector support, and cross-departmental delivery), works with the city administrations of Addis Ababa and Kampala on city economic development, and is the task manager for a World Bank loan to Swaziland for private sector competitiveness. During 8 years at the World Bank, he has worked in Nigeria, Lesotho, China, Mozambique, Haiti, Vietnam, Brazil, Kenya, and Georgia. He completed a PhD in urban and regional economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, and a BA in Economics and Politics at the University of Cambridge, UK. Austin began his career with several years as political assistant to the leader of the Liberal Democrat party in the House of Lords in London, and is originally from the United Kingdom.